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Pelvic Pain & Hernias: How They’re Connected

The pelvis is located between your abdomen and thighs, and includes the lower part of your abdomen, your groin, and your genitals. When this area starts to hurt, it is called pelvic pain. When men experience pelvic pain, it can be caused by urinary, reproductive, or intestinal problems. For instance, it could be from a urinary tract infection, cystitis, prostatitis, sexually transmitted infection, or even a hernia. Although there are many possibilities, we’re going to focus on what a hernia is.

A hernia occurs when tissue pokes through the muscle that contains it.  Although there are different types of hernias, the most common type is the inguinal hernia, which is when the intestinal tissue pushes through the abdominal muscle.  This type of hernia frequently affects men, causing a painful lump in the lower abdomen or groin.

So, what causes hernias?  There are many factors that can cause a man to suffer from a hernia, including aging, damage from an injury or surgery, strenuous exercise or heavy lifting, fluid in the abdomen, being overweight, constipation, and more.  Aside from pelvic pain, hernias can also cause groin weakness, a bulge that slowly grows, feelings of fullness, and worsening pain when you laugh, cough, or bend over.

To treat this, you’ll first need to set an appointment with your urologist in New York. Since there are many causes for pelvic pain, the urologist will first have to determine whether it is a hernia or not. If it is, they may suggest that it’s best if you get a surgery, which can be repaired with either open or laparoscopic surgery.

If you have pelvic pain, or you’re experiencing any of the other symptoms of a hernia, make sure to go and see your urologist in New York.

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